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Hell's Canyon Rafting
« on: July 21, 2017, 09:59:08 AM »
Got back last night from an awesome trip with Hell's Canyon Raft down the Snake river. There were tons of sheep, chuckar, turkey, and smallmouth. The guides made great food and knew their stuff. 




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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 10:01:23 AM »
Awesome, where did you put in and take out?  Any Class V rapids?  My wife and I have our own Catarafts and are looking for different floats.  She is comfortable up to Class III.  Great photos!  Any photos of the rafts?
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 10:03:59 AM »
There were class 3 and 4 rapids. Here is a picture of their gear boat.
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 10:05:07 AM »
What an awesome trip.  Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 10:05:47 AM »
These were some class four rapids
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 10:11:15 AM »
Awesome, where did you put in and take out?  Any Class V rapids?  My wife and I have our own Catarafts and are looking for different floats.  She is comfortable up to Class III.  Great photos!  Any photos of the rafts?

We put in after the oxbow dam near Coppersfield and took out near Asotin. The first day had most of the big rapids then after that they pulled out some inflatable kayaks as the rapids weren't as big
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 10:15:52 AM »
 :tup: looks like a blast, thanks for sharing. Now I need to convince @Smossy to go!
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 10:33:35 AM »
Thanks for the photos!  How long of a float was it?  Miles wise?

Hard to tell in the photo, but I'm not sure I would call that a Class IV rapid.  Looks more like II+, maybe III.  Hard to tell though, looks like a great time!
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 10:48:02 AM »
Looks like a sweet trip!  A buddy and I have a elk trip planned on the Idaho side come September  :tup:

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017, 10:58:23 AM »
Thanks for the photos!  How long of a float was it?  Miles wise?

Hard to tell in the photo, but I'm not sure I would call that a Class IV rapid.  Looks more like II+, maybe III.  Hard to tell though, looks like a great time!
Probably depends on the time of year. That river changes personalities in that canyon through out the year.

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2017, 11:02:21 AM »
Thanks for the photos!  How long of a float was it?  Miles wise?

Hard to tell in the photo, but I'm not sure I would call that a Class IV rapid.  Looks more like II+, maybe III.  Hard to tell though, looks like a great time!
Probably depends on the time of year. That river changes personalities in that canyon through out the year.

Yeah they get out and scout the bigger rapids because the river is changing constantly so sometimes the rapids are different sizes. It was 81 miles in 5 days. There were also people on our trip for the first 3 days only and they got off at Pittsburg landing after 34 miles.
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2017, 11:06:29 AM »
I was just reading up on it and not only does it change from day to day, since a lot of it is dam controlled it can change from hour to hour.  What a great adventure!!  Thanks for sharing with us!
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2017, 11:08:24 AM »
I was just reading up on it and not only does it change from day to day, since a lot of it is dam controlled it can change from hour to hour.  What a great adventure!!  Thanks for sharing with us!

Yeah in the evenings the water was quite a bit higher than it was the next morning because of the amount of water they are letting through due to electricity usage. 
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2017, 11:19:42 AM »
That's really cool! I want to do that with my kids. Maybe next summer. What was the cost? So you had bighorn sheep walking right through your camp?   

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2017, 11:49:17 AM »
That's really cool! I want to do that with my kids. Maybe next summer. What was the cost? So you had bighorn sheep walking right through your camp?

I don't know the cost, my grandma paid for it.

As for the sheep, we set up camp and the shore was covered in tracks from sheep. A couple hours later, I was fishing down the shore with my brother, when everybody at the camp started yelling for us to get into the water. When I looked up there was a big, aggressive ram trotting down the beach toward us and it was snorting. We walked out and stood in the water as the sheep came and stood on this point no more than 10 yards from my brother and I. He looked us up and and down, took a bite off of a plant and moved on. It was very cool and kind of scary at the same time, cause that sheep was not a happy camper that we were in his spot and he was coming straight toward us. 

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2017, 11:55:36 AM »
That's really cool! I want to do that with my kids. Maybe next summer. What was the cost? So you had bighorn sheep walking right through your camp?   
They're pretty tame. The amount of wildlife in that hole is pretty impressive. Did a jet boat ride up it as a kid, only time I've ever seen river otters. One of my dads friends used to own the rafting business there back in the 80's. there's slides of some massive mulies he got pictures of in there. As a kid one of the old timers I was around was a guy named Max Walker. He's one of the guys in the picture at the Kirkwood ranch with the black bear. The stories he had of working in there were interesting.

That Canyon is a hole in time. If you can't raft it you need to at least take a jet boat ride up it.

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Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2017, 12:23:27 PM »
Cool! I saw that picture of the two guys with the black bear in the Museum at the the Kirkwood ranch.   


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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2017, 01:17:12 PM »
Cool! I saw that picture of the two guys with the black bear in the Museum at the the Kirkwood ranch.   


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The bear ended up in the river shortly after the photo. Pissed off the ranch owner as it was a tuff old bear and didn't see why they took the time to pack it down there. Took photos and threw it in the river. Predators were shot in those days without necessarily worrying about saving the meat. Max worked for Kirkwood in the 20's. If he had an empty pack animal coming back from Lewiston, it got loaded with avionics fuel for the moonshiners since it burned without making any smoke.

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2017, 04:35:38 PM »
What an awesome trip.  Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2017, 03:06:12 PM »
As YoungFowler's father, I wish I could have gone with he, his brother and mother, but the only trip I took each day was to the office. :)

From the sounds of it, though, this is an ideal trip for anyone with children ages 8 and up. They take care of the gear, the food, the set up and take down, and all the essentials. All you have to do is show up, apply sunscreen, and climb in the raft. They even have fishing tackle available to use. Both boys caught at least 40+ fish and enjoyed some unique time with their grandmother, aunt and mother.

Maybe another time, I'll get to go.  :dunno:
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2017, 03:16:08 PM »
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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2017, 03:28:11 PM »
I did a guided fishing trip my senior year of highschool with my dad and some friends in hells canyon. Put in at pittsburg landing and fished many miles up river. It was the most majestic, beautiful country and bountiful wildlife I've ever seen.  I *censored* you not, you could catch 200 small mouth a day.  We caught an 11 foot sturgeon, big channel cats, a 26 inch wild rainbow and a small mouth every other cast with a little spinner and night crawler.  big class 4 rapids with a 600 hp jet boat, sheep mulies, chukar etc.

It was heaven. I can't wait to go back nad would love to do this float, however my camping spots would be all the top sturgeon holes..Sitting around catching smallies and drinking cold ones while the guides work on hooking a sturgeon for you to fight ..only god can draw up a scenario that lovely.

AWESOME TRIP AND IS ON MY BUCKET LIST.

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Re: Hell's Canyon Rafting
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2017, 07:23:30 AM »
I did a guided fishing trip my senior year of highschool with my dad and some friends in hells canyon. Put in at pittsburg landing and fished many miles up river. It was the most majestic, beautiful country and bountiful wildlife I've ever seen.  I *censored* you not, you could catch 200 small mouth a day.  We caught an 11 foot sturgeon, big channel cats, a 26 inch wild rainbow and a small mouth every other cast with a little spinner and night crawler.  big class 4 rapids with a 600 hp jet boat, sheep mulies, chukar etc.

It was heaven. I can't wait to go back nad would love to do this float, however my camping spots would be all the top sturgeon holes..Sitting around catching smallies and drinking cold ones while the guides work on hooking a sturgeon for you to fight ..only god can draw up a scenario that lovely.

AWESOME TRIP AND IS ON MY BUCKET LIST.

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